Aakash Chopra Compares Virat Kohli And Kane Williamson’s Stats As Batsmen Across Formats

Aakash Chopra, the former cricketer turned commentator has compared Indian skipper Virat Kohli and New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson as batsmen by delving deep into their records across formats. He shared the comparison through a video shared on his YouTube channel. Team India will face New Zealand in the World Test Championship (WTC) final, starting at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on June 18. Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson will not only lead their sides in the summit clash but are also the batting mainstays of their respective outfits. Aakash Chopra: Very Difficult To Choose Between Virat Kohli And Kane Williamson In

Aakash Chopra Compares Virat Kohli And Kane Williamson’s Stats As Batsmen Across Formats

Aakash Chopra, the former cricketer turned commentator has compared Indian skipper Virat Kohli and New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson as batsmen by delving deep into their records across formats. He shared the comparison through a video shared on his YouTube channel.

Team India will face New Zealand in the World Test Championship (WTC) final, starting at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on June 18. Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson will not only lead their sides in the summit clash but are also the batting mainstays of their respective outfits.

Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra commented that he would initially rely on numbers while comparing the duo of Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson to help him make an informed decision. The cricketer-turned-commentator observed that Kane Williamson just pips Virat Kohli in terms of their Test numbers for having a superior batting average.

“If we see Kane Williamson’s Test career, he has 7129 runs at an average of 54, which is not bad at all. Kohli has 7490 runs in 91 matches at an average of 52. Very difficult to choose between the two although Williamson is slightly ahead but Kohli is not too far behind.”

Virat Kohli congratulates Kane Williamson
Virat Kohli congratulates Kane Williamson(Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP) (Photo by MARTY MELVILLE/AFP via Getty Images)

Kane Williamson has played more on seamer-friendly tracks in New Zealand. Virat Kohli, on the other hand, has played a majority of his home matches on placid tracks, although some encounters involved square turners.

Their mind-boggling stats mirror each other’s (Kane Williamson career average 53.60; Virat Kohli 52.37), as do their highly impressive test captaincy win rates (Kane Williamson 58 per cent; Virat Kohli 60), at the helm of sides ranked one and two in the world.

Aakash Chopra Explains Using Numbers That Virat Kohli Has Overshadowed Kane Williamson In ODI And T20I Cricket

Virat Kohli and are the batting mainstays of their respective teams in white-ball cricket as well. Aakash Chopra also explained using numbers that Virat Kohli has overshadowed Kane Williamson in ODI cricket.

“If we talk about ODI cricket, Kane Williamson has 6173 runs at an average of 47.5. Here Kohli is far ahead. He has 12169 runs in ODIs, nearly double the runs that Williamson has scored at an average of 59.”

Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson are the batting mainstays of their respective teams in white-ball cricket as well
Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson are the batting mainstays of their respective teams in white-ball cricket as well

The 43-year-old pointed out that Virat Kohli’s T20I numbers are also far superior to that of Kane Williamson.

“If we talk about T20Is, Kane Williamson has 1805 runs to his name at an average of 31 and a strike rate of 125. Kohli has an average of 52, he has scored 3159 runs and has a strike rate of 139.”

Aakash Chopra concluded that based on cold numbers alone, while the scales are slightly tilted in Kane Williamson’s favour in Test matches, he is some distance behind Virat Kohli in limited-overs cricket where the Indian skipper is probably the best among all batsmen of the world playing currently.

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Gautam Gambhir believes New Zealand will have a slight edge over India in the World Test Championship (WTC) final at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton starting on Friday. India and New Zealand will lock horns for the inaugural WTC title at a neutral venue in what promises to be a cracker of a contest. India played an intra-squad simulation match to prepare for the WTC final, but Gautam Gambhir believes there is no substitute for match practice. Gautam Gambhir Puts New Zealand Ahead Of India Gautam Gambhir put New Zealand ahead of India because of the two-Test matches they played

New Zealand Have An Edge As There’s No Substitute For Match Practice: Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir believes New Zealand will have a slight edge over India in the World Test Championship (WTC) final at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton starting on Friday. India and New Zealand will lock horns for the inaugural WTC title at a neutral venue in what promises to be a cracker of a contest.

India played an intra-squad simulation match to prepare for the WTC final, but Gautam Gambhir believes there is no substitute for match practice.

Gautam Gambhir AFP

Gautam Gambhir Puts New Zealand Ahead Of India

Gautam Gambhir put New Zealand ahead of India because of the two-Test matches they played against England before the WTC final. The Kane Williamson-led side took the two-match series 1-0 by winning the second Test at Birmingham by eight wickets.

“It is difficult to predict the favourites in the one-off final. But I feel New Zealand will have a slight advantage because they have played two Test matches in England, and most importantly, they have won it,” Gautam Gambhir told Aaj Tak on eSalaamCricket.

New Zealand's Tom Latham, left, holds the winners' trophy
New Zealand’s Tom Latham holds the winners’ trophy. (Photo | AP)

Indian cricketers, on the other hand, are coming from a long layoff as IPL 2021 was postponed after the first half due to Covid-19. Their last Test match was at home against England in the first week of March. The Virat Kohli-led side did play an intra-squad simulation match to prepare for the WTC final, but Gautam Gambhir believes there is no substitute for match practice.

“You can play as many intra-squad matches, but there is no substitute to match practice. As a result, New Zealand will be better prepared for the WTC final,” added Gambhir.

Tom Latham led the New Zealand team to a memorable 1-0 Test series triumph in the two-match series against hosts England, in the absence of injured Kane Williamson, which is their first in the UK since 1999.

Ishant Sharma(3/36) shone with the ball in the India intra-squad practice match in Southampton before the WTC final. Openers Shubman Gill (85 off 135 balls) and Rishabh Pant (121* off 94 balls) shone with the bat. Ravindra Jadeja scored an unbeaten 54 off 76 balls in India’s intra-squad practice match at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. With the ball, Mohammed Siraj impressed with figures of 2/22 on the third day of the four-day practice match.

Gautam Gambhir Believes Indian Bowlers Can Trouble Any Team At Any Surface

The former left-hander, however, sang praises of the Indian bowling attack, which he believes can take 20 wickets on any track. Also, the WTC title will be shared between India and New Zealand if the Test match ends in a draw or a tie, but Gautam Gambhir reckons both sides should go for a win.

“I have always believed that it is bowlers who win you the Test matches. To win a Test match, you need to take 20 wickets, and I think the current Indian bowling line-up can trouble any team at any surface. The depth in Indian bowling attack is immense,” feels Gambhir.

Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma are likely to lead India's bowling attack in England
Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, and Ishant Sharma are likely to lead India’s bowling attack in England (Source: AP)
“Both India and New Zealand should go for the win. There is no point playing for a draw in the WTC final as it is not a bilateral series.”

For over a decade has been the spearhead of India’s fast-bowling attack, producing a level of quality that will only be fully appreciated when he’s no longer around to lead the line.

The 32-year-old has already achieved the milestone of passing 300 Test wickets. He also has played his 100th Test for India, becoming only the second Indian quick to do so, following in the footsteps of the legendary Kapil Dev.

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